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Veterans’ Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Reform) Bill 2009

Originating house
House of Representatives
Veterans' Affairs


Amends the: Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 to: increase the single maximum basic rate of veterans' affairs pensions from 20 September 2009; index veterans' affairs pensions using the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index; index veterans' affairs pensions using a combined couple benchmark; increase veterans' affairs pensions to compensate for anticipated increases in the living cost index arising from the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme; increase the income test taper rate and remove the additional income test free area for dependent children; introduce a Work Bonus so that certain income is disregarded as ordinary income; close the pension bonus scheme from 20 September 2009; increase the pension age for persons other than veterans from 65 to 67 years; enable certain veterans' affairs pension recipients to apply for an advance of veterans' affairs entitlements; Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to consolidate a number of smaller payments and allowances into one pension supplement; Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 and Social Security Act 1991 to allow veterans' affairs pensioners to transition to the new arrangements; and Aged Care Act 1997 in relation to the calculation of total assessable income for residents in aged care.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 12/08/09  
Second reading moved 12/08/09  
Second reading debate 19/08/09  
Third reading agreed to 19/08/09  
Introduced and read a first time 19/08/09  
Second reading moved 19/08/09  
Second reading agreed to 07/09/09  
Third reading agreed to 07/09/09  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 07/09/09  
Assent 10/09/09 Act no.: 81 - Year: 2009

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